Britons urged to boycott Euro bullfighting towns

The League against Cruel Sports is naming and shaming European towns that host bullfights. The ethical tourism drive is encouraging UK holidaymakers to 'boycott the bloodbath' and shun Spanish, Portuguese and French towns with bullrings.

Destinations such as Portugal's Porto and Spain's San Sebastian feature on the list, which has been printed on cards that could be distributed at airports.

‘Tourist revenue subsidises bullfighting, but many tourists don't realise this,' said League spokesman Julio Romo. ‘We've been working with European animal welfare charities to identify cities and towns that have bullrings and to suggest neighbouring areas that tourists can visit instead.'

The league has also drawn up a list of UK towns – including Manchester and Plymouth – that are twinned with ‘shamed' European cities. It is using local media to encourage councillors to lobby their European counterparts and end what it describes as a ‘barbaric act'.

Pan-European media relations will complement a campaign targeting travel operators, urging them to avoid tourist firms that offer visits to bullfights. Celebrity support includes vice-chairman Bill Oddie.

Pamplona in Spain this week kicked off its nine-day bull running festival.

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